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Sketching the Future

Amy Wohlfahrt/Sierra Sun illustrationA montage of major projects shows what parts of Truckee may look like in a few years.
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Four major developments that could change the face of Truckee continue to move through the planning process, but when each will break ground is still up in the air.

Developers for each project are guiding their complex plans through various phases of public, environmental, planning commission and town council review.

Each has the potential to significantly contribute to the town’s residential and commercial space.



“The timing for these projects is difficult to say ” as of right now Hilltop is the furthest along, but the Railyard is catching up,” said Town Planner Duane Hall. “As for Planned Community Three, it is difficult to say ” it depends on if the applicants make significant changes ” and Planned Community One is at the rear.”

Owned by Teichert Aggregates, Planned Community One is the proposed reclamation of a 178-acre former mining area in Coldstream Canyon east of Donner Lake.



Hall said Truckee is waiting for the developer to submit a specific plan application before taking the next steps.

Dale Creighton of SCO Planning and Engineering, a member of the development team, said they hope to complete the specific plan within a month or two.

While the numbers are not set in stone, Creighton said Coldstream plans include about 360 residential units and between 50,000 and 70,000 square feet of commercial space. In a preliminary design, the project called for connecting the two portions of Deerfield Drive.

If the project wins approval, the five-phase development could break ground as soon as 2009, he said.

Proposed for the area bounded by Highway 267, Brockway Road and Joerger Drive, the 71-acre development near Truckee Tahoe Airport will act as a southern gateway to Truckee.

Recent plans called for about 28 acres of commercial, including a Raley’s market and retail shops, and 318 residential units, but Hall said the application has been put on hold until the development team addresses issues raised at an April town council meeting.

He said once the project starts moving forward again, the public process, including environmental review, could take eight months to a year before the project receives an approval for the master plan.

“It’s in their (the developers) court now; we’re on hold,” Hall said.

The Hilltop development will sit on 57 acres located immediately south of downtown Truckee, and plans include residential, commercial, lodging and, potentially, Truckee’s first cohousing development.

Hall said the developers and town staff are in the stretch run in finalizing the environmental documentation and master plan, but he had no estimate for completion of those tasks.

“If the master plan gets approved, the individual property owners will then come in for individual land use permits before construction begins,” Hall said.

Creighton, also working with the Hilltop project, said the development team hopes to have an updated master plan in the next two weeks, but said current estimates for the site include 50,000 to 60,000 square feet of mixed-use commercial space and between 250 and 270 residential units.

Planned as an extension of Truckee’s downtown core, the Railyard sits on 62 acres east of downtown that was the site of a lumber yard and railroad activities.

Three character areas in the project include a downtown extension, a warehouse district, and a Trout Creek neighborhood, which will include residential and commercial space, as well as a theater and small market, according to town staff reports.

Hall said the town is working with a consultant to draft a master plan, after which the project will go into environmental review.

“There should be a public workshop sometime this summer,” Hall said.


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